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Kimberly Horn, Ed.D.

Kimberly A. Horn, Ed.D.

Research Professor

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“When we bring together research universities with emergency service providers, law enforcement, and major health care systems to set research priorities and share best practices, we can reverse the tide of the opioid crisis.”

Bringing innovation to substance abuse prevention and treatment through community engaged research

What happens when diverse partners address drug addiction together? 
Kimberly Horn’s Roanoke lab sits in Southwest Virginia, near the heart of the area of the country hardest hit by the crisis of addiction. A nationally recognized leader in her field of substance abuse research, Horn leads multiple efforts to address addiction in our region and nationally. She is principal investigator and director of the Opioid Research Consortium of Central Appalachia (ORCA), a research consortium of researchers, clinicians, and community members studying solutions the nation’s highest opioid death rates. She also co-leads Connection 2 Care, an innovative collaboration of Virginia Tech researchers and the Roanoke Valley Collective Response addressing the opioid crisis in the Horn’s native Roanoke Valley.

Horn is also co-developer and lead scientist of the American Lung Association’s Not On Tobacco (N-O-T) a widely-used teen tobacco cessation program that’s helped thousands of youths to stop smoking across the US and globally. Sustained in practice for 20 years, the multi-session, group-based, intervention created in 1998 was adopted by the American Lung Association and has been the most widely used program of its kind in the United States. Horn continues to investigate approaches to improve teens’ odds of quitting tobacco, including the study of N-O-T with youth who use electronic cigarettes.

  • Research Professor, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
  • Research Professor, Department of Population Health Sciences, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Professor (Faculty Affiliate), School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, Virginia Tech
  • Member, Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center, Wake Forest University

Hrabovsky SM, Midya V, Lester C, Veldheer S, Yingst JM, Allen SI, Krebs NM, Liao J, Reinhart L, Modesto J, Evins AE, Richie JP Jr, Muscat JE, Horn K, Foulds J. (2019). Effect of Cigarette Rod Length on Smokers Switching to SPECTRUM Cigarettes. American Journal of Health Behavior 43(2): 380-392.

Horn KA, Pack RP, Trestman R, Lawson G. (2018). Almost Everything We Need to Better Serve Children of the Opioid Crisis We Learned in the 80s and 90s. Frontiers in Public Health 6(289).

Horn K, Kuprewicz RM, Patterson K, Kaufman J, Murugesan U, Martinez DJ, Krebs NM, Muscat JE. (2018). Clinical trial recruitment of adult African American smokers from economically disadvantaged urban communities. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse : 1-18.



George Washington University
Professor, Milken Institute School of Public Health, Dept.of Prevention and Community Health Associate Dean of Research, Milken Institute School of Public Health Founding Director, DC Metro Tobacco Research Consortium (MeTRIC).Milken Institute School of Public Health

West Virginia University
Professor, School of Medicine, Dept.of Community Medicine Robert C. Byrd Associate Professor, School of Medicine, Dept.of Community Medicine Associate Center Director, Population Health Research Founding Program Leader, Translational Tobacco Reduction Research Program. Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, Dept.of Community Medicine Research Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, Dept.of Community Medicine

  • West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV: Ed.D.
  • West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV: MSW
  • University of NorthCarolina, Charlotte, NC: B.A., Psychology
  • Award of Research Innovation for N-O-T from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Prevention Research Centers, 2004
  • Chairperson of NIH Study Section, Community Influences on Health Behavior and an appointed member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Tobacco Consortium
  • Member of the West Virginia University Hall of Fame (College of Education and Human Services)